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This Little Kid Dancing to Angolan Beats Will Make Your Week

Video surfaces of South African kid dancing sensation.


Remember DJ Arch Jnr? The three-year-old DJ star from South Africa. Turns out Arch Jnr isn’t the only southern African musical prodigy. In footage that surfaced earlier this month, a tiny dancer is seen busting some moves to Angolan beats. His video debut has been viewed over half-a-million times.

But unlike Arch Jnr, the young dancer’s identity remains unknown.

“I wondered if he was South African because the dance style is so much like ours” says Johannesburg-based journalist Lerato Mbangeni.

Dany Ramas, the Angolan/Portuguese DJ who originally shared the video, confirmed Mbangeni’s suspicions. Ramas tells Okayafrica the boy is indeed from South Africa.

The original video was sent to Ramas from a friend. Ramas had trouble hearing the music, and so he reuploaded the video with a song by Angolan musician Preto Show. When he shared it to his Facebook page a few weeks back he certainly wasn’t expecting the clip to go viral. Although he says the content speaks for itself.

And who exactly is the boy? We’re still trying to get to the bottom of this mystery dancer. Tweet us if you have any leads.

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Wizkid, Tems, Black Coffee & More Nominated For 2022 Grammy Awards

See the full list of African artists honored during Tuesday's nomination ceremony.

Next year's Grammy nominations are in and Africa showed up and out!

The 64th annual Grammy music awards are on the horizon, and Tuesday's nomination ceremony covered a lot of ground within the music industry. Not surprisingly, Wizkid's Made In Lagos (Deluxe) received a nod for Best Global Music album, with the stellar and globally adorned track "Essence" featuring Nigeria's Tems being nominated for Best Global Music Performance. Nigerian favorites Femi and Made Kuti's joint project Legacy+ received a nomination under the Best Global Music Album category.

Other notable nods include; Beninese singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo's collaboration with Nigerian powerhouse Burna Boy, as well her performance with American cellist Yo-Yo Ma received under the Global Music Performance category. South Africa's Black Coffee's album Subconsciously made its mark within the Best Dance/Electronic Music Album category with his own nomination, and Ghanaian artist Rocky Dawuni under Best Global Music Album.

The music ceremony will be hosted in Los Angeles, US on January 31 2022 and we're excited to see who snags the highly coveted awards during next year's ceremony. In the meantime, let us know on Twitter who you're excited to see perform.

Keep scrolling to see the full list of African artists nominated for next year's Grammy award ceremony.

Check out the full list of nominees here.

Best Global Music Performance

"Mohabbat," Arooj Aftab

"Do Yourself," Angelique Kidjo and Burna Boy

"Pà Pá Pà," Femi Kuti

"Blewu," Yo-Yo Ma and Angelique Kidjo

"Essence," Wizkid featuring Tems

Best Global Music Album

"Voice Of Bunbon, Vol. 1," Rocky Dawuni

"East West Players Presents: Daniel Ho and Friends Live in Concert," Daniel Ho and Friends

"Mother Nature," Angelique Kidjo

"Legacy +," Femi Kuti and Made Kuti

"Made In Lagos: Deluxe Edition," Wizkid

Best Dance/Electronic Music Album

"Subconsciously," Black Coffee

"Fallen Embers," Illenium

"Music Is the Weapon (Reloaded)," Major Lazer

"Shockwave," Marshmello

"Free Love," Sylvan Esso

"Judgement," Ten City

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